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Bike Classes

Bike classes and webinars brought to you by UW bikespace


Date Class Name
September 10, 2014 - 12:30pm Bike Commuting 102: Rules of the Road



Classes are taught by Cascade Bicycle Club

Interested in more bike classes?

The ASUW Bike Shop offers a variety of bicycle maintenance and repair classes. Check ‘em out!


Visit REI Seattle for even more bike classes and bike events!
REI is a proud sponsor of the Commute Champion Program


Bicycle information videos

The vast, wise internet has some great bicycle information videos (and a lot of bad ones). We like these:

League of American Bicyclists - Smart Cycling Videos

Grist - How to bike in the city (tips for the bicycle curious)

Wildcat Wheels - How to Lock your Bike

UO Bike Program - How to Lock your Bike

Past UW Classes

May 28, 2013: Basics of Bike Camping and Touring

May 21, 2013: Fix-A-Flat Lab

May 14, 2013: Rules of the Road

May 7, 2013: Intro to Bike Commuting

May 1, 2013: Basic Bike Maintenance

April 24, 2013: Commuter Commons Fix-A-Flat Lab

April 17, 2013: Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities (webinar)

April 15, 2013: How to Become A Bike Month Leader!

March 5, 2013: Basic Bike Maintenance

February 12, 2013: Fix-A-Flat Lab

Don’t let a flat tire deflate your day! Students and employees gathered in Gould Hall for a drop-in session that covered removing punctured tires and tubes, identifying and removing the puncture object, patching and replacing tubes and tires, and re-installing and inflating new tubes and tires. Participants left with bike maps, patch kits, and working bikes!

January 15, 2013: New Year’s Revolutions

What better way to ring in the New Year than hopping on a bicycle? This class gave attendees the opportunity to voice the barriers to bicycling they face and hear from an experienced instructor how to address them.

November 25, 2012: Holiday Gifts for Bicyclists

Cascade Bicycle Club’s Class Coordinator prepared attendees for the upcoming gift-giving season with an overview of the latest gear and accessories for your bike-riding friend, family member, classmate or co-worker.

November 18, 2012: Winter Bike Maintenance

A Cascade Bicycle Club instructor and seasoned bike mechanic went over minor adjustments for braking and shifting, how to clean and lube your bike chain, tips for cleaning and inspecting break pads and rims, and how to maintain your gears and drivetrain during the winter months.

November 11, 2012: Rules of the Road

Cascade Bicycle Club instructors taught Ride in the Rain bicyclists how to stay safe while riding by following the traffic laws that apply to bicyclists.

November 6, 2012: Gear and Lights for Winter

We kicked off our Ride in the Rain bicycle class series by getting the truth from Cascade Bicycle Club instructor (and UW employee!!) Renee Barton on the best gear and lights for winter and wet-weather riding.

October 16, 2012: Getting Ready for Ride in the Rain

Experienced bike commuters and former Bike to Campus Month and Ride in the Rain captains joined Transportation Services and Cascade Bicycle Club for a Ride in the Rain preparatory class. Attendees and instructors went over the 2012 competition schedule, events and rules, and shared success stories from years past on how to recruit team members, keep them engaged throughout November, and have a top-notch Ride in the Rain experience!

September 25-27, 2012: Dawg Daze Bike Classes

Who says you can’t teach an old dawg new tricks? As part of Dawg Daze 2012, Transportation Services teamed up with First Year Programs to offer a series of bicycle classes including Introduction to Bike Commuting, How to Buy a Bike, and Planning Your Bike Route. Classes were well-attended and taught by experienced instructors from Cascade Bicycle Club.

August 9, 2012: Intro to Bike Commuting

Library and other staff got together for a conversation about getting started with bike commuting. Since many of the attendees were already more experienced commuters, our Cascade instructor shifted the discussion to more advanced topics including bike maintenance and repairs, bike fitting, route selection, and bike gear for year-round riding.

May 29, 2012

The Tour de Husky is back! UW students, faculty, and staff were invited to meet at the steps in front of the Burke Museum for an educational campus ride. Stops were made at campus self-service bike stations and covered bike parking locations. Riders learned how to use the Burke Gilman Trail and bike infrastructure in the neighborhood. The tour ended at Häagen-Dazs on the Ave so everyone could enjoy a discounted ice cream treat!

May 22, 2012

Don’t let a flat tire ruin your springtime riding fun or slow you down – you’ve got places to go! This class helped you learn a few simple steps to get rolling again including:
• Wheel removal
• Tire removal
• Find the culprit
• Innertube patching or replacement
• Putting it all back together and… you’re off

May 15, 2012

Maintaining your bike is more important than ever to keep you riding smoothly and safely. In this class, Cascade Bicycle Club instructors revealed answers to questions such as “Why aren’t my gears shifting?”, “Why isn’t my bike stopping?”, and “What is that grinding noise?” Spring is a great time to get up to speed on simple maintenance techniques that will keep your bike in tip top shape as you roll into summer. This class taught you how to:
• Pump up your tires
• Make minor adjustments to your brakes and shifting
• Clean and lube your chain
• Clean and inspect your brake pads
• Maintain your gears

May 8th, 2012

You’ve seen your friends having fun riding bikes and you want to do it too. It’s easy once you know what to look for and gain a few basic skills. In this class Cascade Bicycle Club instructors helped participants understand:
• Traffic laws
• How to be visible
• Road positioning
• How to carry gear
• Locking up and parking considerations

May 1st, 2012

Form a team and entice your friends to try riding a bike to campus during Bike to Campus Month - it’s fun! Cascade Bicycle Club Instructors showed you how to:
• Challenge your friends
• Log your trips
• Keep it going
• Final stretch
• Party

February 27th, 2012

Bikes and road trips go together like lights and night, gloves and winter, fenders and rain. Come learn the basics of camping and road-tripping by bike just in time for spring. In this 1-hour session we’ll go over:
• Gear essentials – what to bring and what not to bring
• How to plan your trip
• What to expect once you’re on the road
• Camping/touring logistics and options
• An actual Seattle-based bike camping trip you can do in 24-hours or less!

January 30th, 2012

Don’t let that New Year’s resolution to improve your physical, mental, or financial health fall by the wayside. Bicycling is the revolutionary answer to your resolutionary needs! Not only that, bicycling is just plain fun! During this inspiring discussion on the basics of bicycle travel, Cascade Instructors covered all the essentials to help give your 2012 resolutions some positive momentum including:
• Riding safely on the road and trail
• Planning your bike route
• Getting to campus in style and comfort

November 28th, 2011

Maintaining your bike is especially important during winter in order to keep you riding smoothly and safely. In this popular class, Cascade Bicycle Ambassadors helped to demystify basic bike maintenance with tips and techniques. Class participants learned the answers to questions such as, “Why aren’t my gears shifting?” “Why isn’t my bike stopping?” and “What is that grinding noise?” Everyone was able to get up to speed on simple maintenance techniques that will keep their bike in tip top shape as they roll through winter. Techniques included:
• How to make minor adjustments to brakes and shifting
• How to clean and lube a chain
• How to clean and inspect brake pads
• How to maintain gears

November 21st, 2011

Cascade Bicycle Club Instructors helped class participants learn the simple but important skill of fixing a flat tire to help minimize delays the next time their tire fizzles. Instructors helped take the mystery out of wheel and tire removal, patching a tube, and putting it all back together. The class learned what tools to carry for a quick and speedy repair and everyone went home with a patch kit and a step by step guide for their next encounter with a flat tire.

November 14th, 2011

Riding a bike to campus or for errands or entertainment is often the most efficient and fun way to get around. Cascade Bicycle Club instructor, Robin Randels, spent an hour with UW students teaching them the basic skills needed to negotiate the streets and trails with confidence:
• The rules
• Starting
• Stopping
• Shifting
• Communication
• Riding visibly

November 7th, 2011

Back by popular demand, Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors were on campus to host another See and Be Seen Bike Lights & Reflectors Lab. Participants got the chance to see how they look while riding their bike at night and if they need to make any safety improvements. Some riders were models of visibility while others discovered they were practically invisible to oncoming motorists and pedestrians. Everyone left the lab feeling and looking safer on the streets and trails.

November 1st, 2011

Don’t let the darkness and weather drive you off your bike this winter. Both can be easily overcome with the right equipment, clothes, and attitude. Cascade Bicycle Club helped winter cyclists learn the basics of great winter bike commuting including:
• What light systems are best for your commute
• How to maximize your visibility
• What clothing combinations work best for rain and cold
• How to keep your cargo dry and safe
• Fender options
• Wet-weather riding skills and safety considerations
• How to use transit to create a comfortable hybrid commute

September 27th, 2011

Want a more scenic bike ride to campus? Want to plan a weekend bike getaway? Need to find the fastest/flattest way between points A and B? Unleash your inner explorer and let your imagination lead the way! Cascade Bicycle Club Instructors shared online resources, maps, and apps to help guide class attendees in their search for new routes and destinations including:
• The characteristics of a good bike route
• How to create an efficient and interesting route
• Trip chaining concepts (not to be confused with the bike conga line)
• Optional transportation choices

September 26th, 2011

Bicycling is the perfect way to get around campus and access all of the amenities just a short ride away. Cascade Bicycle Club Instructors covered the ins and outs of biking around campus in this fun and informal discussion. Class participants learned about:
• Bike Parking
• Bike Routes
• Clothing and Gear
• Traffic Laws

May 26th, 2011

Especially for Bike to Campus Month, the U-District Performance Bicycle location teamed up with Commuter Services and U-PASS to offer an exclusive Roadside Maintenance Clinic for UW Bike to Campus Month participants! In addition to learning the basics of on-the-go bike maintenance, all clinic attendees received water bottles with coupons for 10% off throughout the store!

May 25th, 2011


Bikes and road trips go together like lights and night, gloves and winter, fenders and rain. Basically, bike touring is the most fun you can have on two wheels! Commuter Services’ own David Amiton shared the basics of camping and road-tripping by bike including:
• Gear essentials – what to bring and what not to bring
• How to plan your trip
• What to expect once you’re on the road
• Camping/touring logistics and options
• Why bike camping is rad

May 23rd, 2011


Urban bicycling is a blast, with never-ending opportunities to explore new routes. Because these environments are inherently complex, urban bicycling is also an ever-changing math equation. Lanes are added or subtracted and intersections multiply your options for dividing your route. A certified Cascade Bicycle Club instructor helped to simplify the equation of urban cycling and provided class participants with a crib sheet of bicycling know-how to help them solve most urban bicycling scenarios including:
• How to navigate multi-lane roadways
• How to negotiate complex intersections and interchanges
• How to execute a left-hand turn 3 different ways
• How to safely cross railroad tracks

May 16th, 2011

Most of us have been on one, if not both sides, of a conflict between a bicycle and motor vehicle. Much of the confusion and frustration surrounding these conflicts arises because one, if not both, parties are not aware or not observing basic traffic principles. In this class participants learned:
• Basic principles of traffic law as it pertains to all vehicles on the road
• How traffic law specifically applies to bicycles
• How following the rules of the road will increase your safety, efficiency, and enjoyment of riding

May 9th, 2011

For the Huskies who never learned to ride a bike and were tired of being left out of the fun this class came just in time. Robin Randels, Cascade Bicycle Club instructor, was on hand to “walk” the class through a simple step-by-step technique for learning how to ride. With the help of loaner bikes and helmets everyone was able to build their bicycling skills and confidence. As an added bonus, coupons for Haagen Dazs on University Way were given out after the class! Not a bad destination for a first ride…

May 2nd, 2011

You’re ready to venture out via bike but need a new ride and navigating the endless choices in bicycles has you a little intimidated. Cascade Bicycle Club instructor, Robin Randels, was on hand to help de-mystify the process. She walked a group of eager UW cyclists through the different styles of bicycles and discussed which style best suited their needs and preferences based on the type of riding to be done. Class participants graduated with knowledge in the classics including:
• Bicycle taxonomy: the different types of bicycles
• Bicycle anatomy: the different parts of a bicycle
• Bicycle geometry: finding the right size bicycle

April 18th, 2011

You love your bicycle. You love riding your bicycle. You would really love it, if the people you loved, also loved bicycling. To help nurture that love Cascade Bicycle Club instructor, Robin Randels, provided tools and tips that will help UW cyclists share their love of cycling with those around them. Topics included:
• How to direct new riders to valuable resources
• How to map out a new bike route for someone
• How to become a bike buddy to support a new rider
• How to start a bike-to-work group
• How to organize a social after-work bicycle field trip

March 14th, 2011

Have you ever come upon a confusing intersection on your bicycle? Do you wonder how the new road marking for bicycles are designed to be used? UW students, faculty, and staff brought their urban cycling questions for a lively conversation with Cascade Bicycle Club instructor, Sander Lazar. The class discussed basic traffic principles and studied real-life scenarios to help guide the cyclists through that next ambiguous situation. Other topics included:
• Lane positioning and proper lane choice
• Options for left turns
• Bicycle street markings: green bike boxes, green bike lanes, sharrows, bike lanes, bike dots
• Complex intersections

February 28th, 2011

It’s winter and maintaining your bike is more important than ever to keep you riding smoothly and safely! To help you do just that, Dominique, a Cascade Bicycle Club Instructor, led the class Bike Maintenance Overview — Keep Your Ride Rolling to help demystify basic bike maintenance with tips and techniques. He revealed answers to questions such as “Why aren’t my gears shifting?” “Why isn’t my bike stopping?” and “What is that grinding noise?” It was a great time to get up to speed on simple maintenance techniques that will keep your bike in tip top shape as you roll into spring. Other bike maintenance topics included:
• Making minor adjustments to your brakes and shifting
• Cleaning and lubing your chain
• Cleaning and inspecting your brake pads
• Maintaining your gears

January 31st, 2011

Most of us probably made New Year’s resolutions to improve our physical, mental, or financial health that will fall by the wayside before the end of the month. Luckily, bicycling is the revolutionary answer to our resolutionary needs! Not only that, bicycling is just plain fun. On January 31, Dominique, a Cascade Bicycle Club Instructor, led the class New Year’s Revolutions — Bike Commuting to the Rescue! an inspiring discussion on the basics of commuting by bicycle. He covered all the essentials to help give class participant’s 2011 resolutions some positive momentum including:
• Riding safely on the road and trail
• Planning your bike route
• Getting to campus in style and comfort

December 2nd, 2010

For those who missed the See and Be Seen: Lights and Reflectors Test Lab back in October, Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors braved the cold and came back to campus to repeat this popular lab. Students, staff, and faculty stopped by to see how well they and their bikes show up in the dark and to learn how to enhance their visibility and safety while riding at night. The Hall Health Wellness Resource Center was on hand with low-cost bike lights, reflectors, and safety equipment for those who needed to lighten up themselves or their ride. Dozens of riders left brighter and better prepared.

November 17th, 2010

It was an appropriately wet and windy day in Red Square for learning the principles of safe riding and special emergency maneuvers, since these are particularly important to know during winter bike commuting season. Cascade Bicycle Club instructors taught basic riding skills that included: Lane positioning for visibility and safety, how to scan for traffic, signaling, and cornering safely. The instructors also provided tips on more advanced maneuvers such as the rock dodge, emergency stop, and instant turn.

October 28th, 2010

Cascade Bicycle Club came to campus to repeat their popular See and Be Seen: Lights and Reflectors Test Lab at Skagit Lane. Students, staff, and faculty dropped by to see how they look on their bike in the dark and to learn how to enhance their visibility and safety while riding in dark and low light conditions. The Hall Health Wellness Resource Center was on hand with low-cost bike lights, reflectors, and safety equipment for participants who needed to light up their ride.

July 14th, 2010

Cascade Bicycle Club Instructors met at Red Square to lead UW cyclists of all skill levels on a rolling bike lab around campus. Since riding a bike in traffic can be intimidating, this lab focused on increasing knowledge, skills, and confidence so participants would feel comfortable and prepared for biking in any situation. Urban cycling techniques like how to choose a lane, where to ride in that lane, and how to change lanes were taught. As well as special maneuvers including the rock dodge, emergency stop, and the instant turn. Of course principles of traffic law were covered too so everyone will stay safe while using the road.

April 29th, 2010

Cascade Bicycle Club’s latest U-PASS sponsored class was a fun and informative 2-hour bike tour around campus. The tour highlighted various bicycle commuter routes, offered real-time riding tips including safe and effective cycling techniques, and stopped at some key bike spots along the way like the ASUW Bike shop, UW Police Station, and Hall Health. The tour ended at the Haagen-Dazs Shop on the Ave where participants enjoyed a frosty treat.

March 4th, 2010

Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors were once again on campus March 4th to teach two basic bike handling skills classes. Cyclists of all ages met in Red Square to learn basic bike skills like starting and stopping efficiently, how to shift gears, scanning for traffic, and signaling a turn. Some riders were new to cycling while others were getting back in the saddle after some time away from two wheels. Either way, everyone left the classes feeling safer and better prepared to pedal their way through Seattle’s streets and trails.

January 27th, 2010

The first U-PASS sponsored bike safety lab was a huge success! Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors were on campus the evening of January 27th to host the See and Be Seen: Lights and Reflectors Test Lab at Skagit Lane. The lab kicked off with a brief safety lesson and helmet fitting then participants got the chance to see how they look while riding their bike at night. Some riders were models of visibility while others discovered they were practically invisible to oncoming motorists and pedestrians. Hall Health was on hand to help those visibility-challenged riders purchase some new lighting and reflective gear as the ASUW Bike Shop gave away free water bottles and tire patch kits. Everyone left the lab feeling and looking safer on the streets and trails.